Super Mario News

June2011

  • News Mario Party 9 Keeps the Good Times Rolling on Wii

    Time to roll the dice once more

    The logo for Mario Party 9 was glimpsed right at the end of Nintendo's E3 conference, with some expecting the game to see release on Wii U, but the game is coming to the current platform as these screenshots show. The usual array of new game boards and minigames feature, with levels based on New Super Mario Bros. Wii...

  • News First Super Mario 3DS Screenshots Jump Into View

    See the plumber's next outing

    True to Shigeru Miyamoto's promise, Super Mario for 3DS really does look like a combination of the plumber's best bits from his heritage. We have the first screenshots below showing the combination of 2D and 3D that Nintendo hopes will create one of their portly hero's best ever titles. We'll bring you video footage as...

May2011

  • News DS Lite Drops to $99 in US, Mario DS Games Go Red

    Curious time for a price drop

    Like an end of level boss that refuses to be beaten, the DS Lite is still available brand new in the US, where its recommended retail price is about to drop to $99.99. The best-selling console will see its cost cut this Sunday, 5th June, just two days before Nintendo's E3 press conference. It's not the only DS-related...

  • News There's Always Room for One More Mario Theme Tune Video

    It's just wafer thin

    You've heard the Mario theme played on a Chipophone. A Japanese beatbox version? Heard that too. But a dude creating the whole Mario theme tune experience on his own, with drums, sound effects and more? That's new. The video is the work of the talented Jack Conte, who takes the tune we all know, bolts on a big beat and lets the...

  • News Mario and Sonic 2012 Screens Blow Minds, Collapse Worlds

    Can a hedgehog ride a horse?

    Though many are still processing the raw emotions that comes with such an alliance, Mario and Sonic are friends now: Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and its summery counterpart Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games showed the plumber and hedgehog could put aside their differences for the sake of sporty...

  • News Miyamoto Explains the Chubby Appearance of Mario

    Nothing to do with ordering extra cheese

    How many rotund heroes can you think of? Okay, it doesn't actually matter how many you can think of, the only chubby hero that matters for the sake of this article is the one and only Mario, and Shigeru Miyamoto explains why the plumber looked the way he did when he first appeared on our screens. During the...

  • News Super Mario 3D to Use 3DS Gyro Sensor

    No second analogue stick, no problem

    While we currently don't have a lot of concrete information on Nintendo's upcoming Super Mario 3D, we are beginning to see bits and pieces of info trickling out as we near this year's E3 show in Los Angeles. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Miyamoto explained how the game's camera system would be...

  • News Iwata: "We Need Big Games to Hit 3DS Sales Targets This Year"

    Needs big name players to step up

    Nintendo's set itself a target of selling 16 million 3DS consoles around the world in the coming financial year, but president Satoru Iwata knows the company will only succeed if the main attractions come out swinging. Speaking at a financial results briefing, the question was raised about whether big Nintendo...

  • News Ever Seen Professional Ice Skaters Do a Super Mario Routine?

    You can soon

    Do not underestimate the impact of Super Mario Bros. — it's inspired beatboxers, flautists, orchestras, artists and plenty more in its 25 year history, but it's rarely hit the limelight for its influence on the world of professional ice skating. Today, that injustice ends. Top skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov took to the...

April2011

  • News Over 2 Million Players Bought Mario's 25th Anniversary Game

    Joins a long list of million sellers

    It may have just been a glorified Super NES game, but that didn't stop Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition from doing the business at retail, selling 2.24 million copies around the world since its release. Other Nintendo-published Wii titles hitting the million sales mark in the past twelve months were...

  • News Super Mario 3DS Combines Galaxy and Mario 64, Out This Year

    Best headline ever?

    Earlier we reported that Shigeru Miyamoto is trying hard to deliver a new Mario this year, but there was some doubt whether the game in question was Super Mario 3DS or not. Now Miyamoto has brushed away the doubt: it is "completely original, and coming this year." Speaking to Edge, Miyamoto also revealed more details...

  • News Mario & Sonic to Face Off Again at London 2012 Olympics

    Wii and 3DS on the podium

    Sonic Generations may not be heading to Nintendo platforms but fans of the spiky one won't be without a new game to buy this year, as SEGA has announced Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games for Wii and Nintendo 3DS. The game will contain 50 Olympic-themed events, some of which will be familiar from past entries...

  • News Miyamoto: "I Will Do My Best to Deliver New Mario This Year"

    Pulling out all the stops

    We haven't seen much of Super Mario on 3DS save for a few early screenshots, causing some to speculate the game won't see release until 2012 at the earliest. However, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto wants to assure fans that he's doing everything to bring a new Mario game out this year. Speaking to GameBlog.fr, Miyamoto...

  • News Fan-Made Super Mario Bros. 3 in 3D is A Little Bit Awesome

    See a classic in a new light

    We've already seen hints that Super Mario on 3DS will include the famous Tanooki suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. What would the entire game look like in 3D, though? Let user Kevin Zeeff show you. As part of Zeeff's "Game Cubed" series, Mario's best 8-bit adventure has received a retro 3D makeover, and while it's...

  • News Capcom Brings New Super Mario Bros. Wii to the Arcades

    With a twist, or shall we say "spin"?

    A Mario game from Capcom? That's what Japanese arcade gamers will be playing, although it's not exactly what you would expect. Capcom has announced its medal machine New Super Mario Bros. Wii Coin World has hit arcades in Japan. Based on New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the cabinet supports four players and the object...

March2011

  • News The Brothers Mario 2 Trailer Introduces Us to the New Don

    One pastiche you don't want to mess with

    When the trailer for the fictitious film The Brothers Mario was released, it gave us a good chuckle at how many video game and cultural references were crammed so beautifully into the space of 5 minutes. How might a sequel turn out? The Country Club shows us how. Another exclusive from The Game Station, The...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wins BAFTA for Best Gameplay

    The only award that counts

    Nintendo's jewel in its Wii crown, Super Mario Galaxy 2, was honoured at the BAFTA Video Games Awards last night, taking home the award for Best Gameplay. The plumber beat competition from Heavy Rain, God of War III, Mass Effect 2 and more, though Mario's space sequel lost to BioWare's space sequel in the Best Game...

  • News Nintendo Announces 3DS Instalment in the Super Mario Series

    First screenshots inside

    Today's been a good day for 3DS news. Along with Nintendo's live feed of Satoru Iwata's keynote presentation at GDC 2011, the company has also made several new announcements regarding the upcoming 3DS. Following Iwata's rather short but sweet hint at a new Mario game for the 3DS, it's been announced that the handheld console...

  • News Iwata Drops Sneaky Mario 3DS Hints

    "Packed with surprises"

    Mario is coming to 3DS in full force, with Mario Kart and Paper Mario already announced for release within the next year, but of course Nintendo is bringing 2D and 3D Mario platformers to 3DS. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has recently tossed out a tiny scrap of information, and although it's not much to go on it's still...

February2011

  • News Watch an NES Complete Super Mario Bros. All By Itself

    Like a robot

    Over the years we've seen people play Super Mario Bros. in some crazy ways: you can play Mario with Kinect, play Mario with your eyes and even, believe it or not, play Mario with your hands, like a baby's toy. They've all required some sort of human interaction, but not this latest Mario-related chicanery, which uses a robot to replace...

  • News Nintendo Europe Stars Catalogue Gets Fans, Bags, Points

    Oh, and sun visors in February

    It's not quite as cool as the Game & Watch Ball that Club Nintendo members in North America can pick up, but the European VIP Stars Catalogue just got an update containing folding fans, sun visors and, oddly, Nintendo Points cards to the value of 100 Points. For 7000 VIP Stars you can pick up a nylon laptop bag...

  • News Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition Gets an Extra Life

    Retailers restock the limited edition

    What was supposed to be a celebration of Super Mario Bros.'s 25th anniversary was unfortunately met with iffy reviews and sales figures that were both encouraging and disappointing. With Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition topping the

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 up for BAFTA Game of the Year

    As the only Nintendo platform game up for nomination, do your bit and vote now!

    It's that time of the year again, when gamers have the opportunity to vote which title should win the GAME Award 2010 recognition at the annual British Academy Video Game Awards. The GAME Award is the only category that's open to public voting, so you better make the...

  • News Mario Sports Mix Launches with Trailer and Press Conference

    Doping allegations yet to be answered

    The latest sporting outing for Mario and friends, Wii's Mario Sports Mix recently launched in Europe and is now available across North America too. To help gamers get in the sporting mood, Nintendo has released a new trailer showing the game's four sports in action. Later on today, at 5pm Pacific Standard Time,...

  • News Miyamoto Can't Wait to Show Off Super Mario Bros. 3DS

    Bring on E3

    Nintendo is working on 2D and 3D Mario games, and we've already seen Paper Mario, but there's another 2D Mario adventure in the works, as revealed by this Iwata Asks. Reuniting the four men behind Super Mario Bros., the interview finishes with a look to the future for Nintendo's mascot, with Shigeru Miyamoto stating: So, in the int

January2011

  • News Super Mario 64 is a 5-Minute Adventure With the Right Tools

    The rotund plumber is faster than he looks thanks to an emulator-assisted speedrun

    Video games are a wonderful way to show off best times and high scores after spending countless hours in attempting to achieve them, but when orthodox methods aren't enough to impress, gamers (and obsessives) must think outside of the box. A group of speedrunners have...

December2010

  • News Mario and His Sporty Friends Go to Court in February

    Play ball online

    Four Mario-themed sports are heading to North America on February 7th, as Nintendo announces the release for Mario Sports Mix. Taking on hockey, basketball, volleyball or dodgeball, the game will be playable in offline or online multiplayer enabling you to settle scores with friends all over the world. Like Mario Kart Wii you'll be...

  • News We Always Knew The Mario Brothers Were Made Men

    Spot the cultural references in this film parody

    Back in 1993, Hollywood tried to convert one of the biggest video game franchises into a live action motion picture... and it wasn't that good. What was wrong with Super Mario Bros. the film, wasn't the on-screen talent, but the writing and the concept itself. Nothing wrong with throwing in a bit of...

  • News New Kirby Patches Have Club Nintendo Rewards All Sewn Up

    Older items restocked too

    It's nearly Christmas, and if you've been hoarding your Club Nintendo coins all year-long you might fancy a festive spending spree now, with new items available including patches from Kirby's Epic Yarn and four colourful Wii Remote wrist straps. There are two sets of patches inspired by the pink ball's latest outing, one...

  • News No Love for Super Mario All-Stars in UK Top 20 Chart

    Donkey Kong in at 13 though

    Plumbing collection Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition just launched in the UK and had an underwhelming first weekend of sales, missing the top 20 altogether and landing at number 22. Simian platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns had a stronger showing, a new entry at number 13 behind strong climber Mario Kart...

November2010

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Smashes 4 Million Units Block in Japan

    Now the country's biggest seller

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a global sales sensation, having racked up over 16 million sales worldwide since its release just one year ago, with four million of those sales in Japan alone, making it the territory's biggest selling Wii title. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the first title to pass the four million...

  • News Mario Sports Mix Serves, Sets and Spikes Europe in January

    Make your own ball jokes inside

    Sport and Mario is a classic combination, so we have high hopes for Square Enix's Mario Sports Mix, which just received a confirmed European release date of 28th January 2011. Update: The UK release is set for Friday, February 4th. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini Land Mayhem is also due for release on the same day, making...

  • News Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary is 50Hz Only

    Bad news for Europe

    If you've been crossing your fingers for Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition in the expectation of it receiving a PAL-optimised conversion, you can unbend them and start using them to type vitriolic comments now – the package will not be 60Hz compatible. Below is the response reader XD375 received when enquiring with...

  • News Learn to Draw Mario with Nintendo's Official Flipnote Tutorial

    It's for a competition you see

    The North American Mario Flipnote competition ended today, but Nintendo UK is now offering it to users of its free animation software Flipnote Studio. As before, entrants must use the provided soundtrack to accompany a short animation including Mario characters, but this time the judges will be none other than Nintendo...

  • News Limited Edition Mario Kart Wii Bundle Under Starter's Orders

    Wii, Remote Plus and the game

    Want a Wii this Christmas but not interested in the red machine with New Super Mario Bros. Wii? This dark beauty might be of interest to you, then. Nintendo Europe has just announced a limited edition black Wii bundle featuring racer Mario Kart Wii, a black Wii Wheel, Wii Sports and Donkey Kong pre-installed on the...

  • News Mario Sports Mix Gets a Little Square Enix Boost

    Famous faces face-off

    Square Enix's next Mario sports title, Mario Sports Mix, isn't just about characters from the Mushroom Kingdom: the company has just confirmed it'll be bringing some of its own most popular characters to the title as well. Joining Mario and chums will be characters from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, with a Moogle,...

  • News Miyamoto and Reggie Honour Mario's 25th with Amazing Cake

    So emotional even the cake was in tiers

    Nintendo's flagship New York store recently re-opened with a brand new Mario-themed design in honour of Super Mario Bros.'s 25th anniversary, and to celebrate it hosted a huge party with two very special guests. Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto made appearances at the event to meet fans, cut the cake and...

  • News You Can Gaze At This Super Mario 25th Anniversary Box Now

    But you can't buy it just yet

    Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Collection is on the way to the West, and here's the box art for the collection when it lands on North American shelves on December 12th. Containing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and

  • News America, These Are Your New Club Nintendo Rewards

    Two bags and a screensaver

    As if Mario pinbadges weren't good enough rewards, North America's Club Nintendo has just been updated with three new treats you can purchase with your coins. You can purchase a tote bag for 250 coins, a messenger bag for 550 coins or a Super Mario Galaxy 2 screensaver for just 10 coins. Those of you waiting for your Super...

  • News Nintendo Bringing 2D and 3D Mario Games to 3DS

    Talk about spoilt for choice

    Hold onto your red caps Mario fans: the plumber's set to star in 2D and 3D games on the 3DS. Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the ever-popular frontman will receive both old-school 2D outings and more complex 3D adventures to ensure broad appeal for all gamers. When Super Mario became Mario 64, the range of players...

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  • News This is the Greatest Mario Collection We've Ever Seen

    1,000 plumbing items all under one roof

    Mario's face has been on more merchandise than you can imagine, making it hard – not to mention expensive – for dedicated fans to track down those must-have pieces. That makes the achievement of 11-year old Oscar Bown from the UK all the more incredible, as he's amassed a Mario collection containing over...

  • News The Evolution of Mario, Ka-Boomed into a Mushroom Cloud

    Surely an illegal amount of Marios

    The Super Mario has had a supremely prolific career since he first jumped a barrel and clonked an ape, with each new game slightly tweaking our mustachioed heroes appearance. Want to see a whole bunch of them? Why, there's a neat-o mushroom cloud here that you should take a look at then! Running the whole gamut,...

  • News Super Mario Bros. Movie Re-released on DVD, Spot the Difference

    Clue: it's not the quality of the film

    Feel like your DVD collection is missing something, but you're not sure what? Here's the answer: the newly re-released Super Mario Bros. Movie, available once again in glorious DVD-o-vision. First released on DVD back in 2003, the disc contained no extra features so surely a re-release would sort that,...

July2010

  • Competition Wii Games: Summer 2010 Competitions Announced

    Time to get off that couch and get moving!

    Don't let those Summertime blues get you down. Now you can join Olympic champion Shawn Johnson as she teams up with our favourite Italian plumber to help get people up and get in shape. You can check out the official press release below for all of the information you'll need to become a part of the...

  • News 172 Australians Hug Mario for a World Record

    Game also released Down Under today

    You may remember last week we told you of Nintendo's plan to launch Super Mario Galaxy 2 in Australia with a world record attempt for the most hugs by a mascot character in twenty minutes, and by jingo they've done it. The famous plumber got to grips with 172 people, each of whom received a photo of the momentous...